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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Ratings: 1,577
Reviews: 837
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 189
Gots: 239 | FT: 15
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002)
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Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

jaargang 2006

A - Poured out a dark brown/burgandy color with a foamy, caramel colored, one-finger head. Left a little lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit and malt.

T - Tasted very malty, and had a strong dried fruit quality. A subtle spicy hoppiness, too. A relatively strong alcohol presence.

M - The mouthfeel was crisp and soft. A heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good Belgian beer. Great character and flavor. Next time I'll try an older Grand Cru.

Photo of kimcgolf
2.35/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I’m sorry to swim against the tide on this, but I did not find it appealing at all, hich is a shame since I was looking forward to drinking it.

The appearance was okay, but the aroma reminded me of a mixture of cane syrup and alcohol. The flavor had possibly a hint of dark fruit, but it was hard to tell over the predominantly sweet alcohol taste. Finish was likewise a thick, sweet syrupy sensation.

Belgian Strong Ales are not my absolute favorites, but there are many that I have really enjoyed. Unfortunatley, this was not one of them, and I finally poured the last quarter down the drain...which really sucks given the price.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

jaargang 2005

rich, crisp & dark of an orange origin, thinly-covered by a smoked glassine haze. lacing spots are placed randomly, as are some cascading columns of crust. big fat vanilla and berry nose, with a touch of sweet grapey belgian malts. nose hairs singe a bit from alcohol wafts, but i don't mind. lack of hops is a nice change for me.. time to revisit the deep and rich side of malt-heavy beverages.

slight must from age appears quick on the tongue, i soon adjust. the evolved mapley sweetness of a belgian or scotch ale is amplified here, and leaves the indulgence of rum-soaked dates on the palate post-sip. the body is a little thin for all that is happening here, but the carbonation still kicking after two years helps to fill out the feel. some raisin notes make way for a distinct note of the chianti-soaked leather of an old wineskin. surprisingly dry in the finish, and pleasantly boozy without hop distraction, this brew almost tastes like a red wine after all of the lupulin giants i've been consuming lately.

this beer holds up like christopher walken over time, and still tastes like a fresh bottle with minor age adjustments. could easily go another two years with happy results. as far as anker's beers go, this is top-shelf. it was my last bottle and by god i sure as shit enjoyed it.

Photo of jhu1995
2.83/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a rich brown color with minimal head. Smell is malty and sweet with some mild fruity notes - prune and plums mostly. Taste was sweet with lots of caramel flavors and some mild chocolate. Thought it was close to a dubbel with the high caramel taste. Sticky sweetness on the tongue. Overall, I thought this was tough to drink, but I am not a fan of dubbels and this one reminded me too much of that style. Not a bad beer but not a fan of beers with lots of caramel flavors and taste.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big brown ale with some highlighting, off white has good retention. Lacing okay.
Sweet malts big in the aroma, full of nutty proteins and sharp alcohol.
Flavor is more caramel malt flavor with a lot of dark fruit, finishes off-sweet with a lot of warming alcohols. Body is medium to full, a pretty decadent treat.
This is a good one to split with some friends, a very rich Belgian strong. Try with some bittersweet chocolate.

Photo of montageman
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2000 Vintage. A special I have been saving for a special occasion - I turned in my masters essay today, so I thought I'd finally pop the cork. Speaking of which, the cork smelled like fine wine.

I poured into a chalice - dark reddish brown with a nice 1 finger white head that goes away quickly and leaves some concentrated lacing. There's also tons of sediment floating around, as you might expect. The smell is all kinds of wonderful - grapes, red apple, & honey - all of it melds together well and is totally inviting. The taste is like candy - there is a port like sweetness followed by an green apple like sourness and it finishes clean. There is no cloying sweetness - a wonderfully balanced taste. The slight carbonation offers more complexity and adds a slight chewiness. Man, this is easy drinking - quite simply a delicious treat. 7 years of aging was no problem for this brew. Highest recommendation.

Photo of OutlawJoseyWales
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance was dark brown with 1 finger of head. great lacing, and head retention.

smell- very complex, sweet raisin bread, hints of cinnamon

taste - sweet bread, raisins, dates, figs, spice. very complex and pleasing malt sweetness. dark chocolate showed up as well. a great dessert beer.

mouthfeel - nice and viscous, just like i would expect from a beer like this.

drinkability: very easy to drink almost like a dessert. went great with carrot cake. however, alcohol became present about 2/3 of the way through, and i would recommend sharing it with someone if you get a 750ML.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2006 vintage

a - pours a deep chestnut brown, one-finger off-white head with decent retention for a high abv beer, slight lacing

s - caramelly maltiness dominates the nose, slight nuttiness, some booze

t - much like the nose, dominated by big caramelly malt flavors, I'll echo other reviewers' mention of rum soaked raisins, dark fruits, lingering sweetness on the finish with slight alcohol burn

m - lots of carbonation, medium-bodied, warming from the alcohol

d - not overly drinkable, one 750ml is enough for me, a bit too sweet and obviously too hight abv to drink this one all night

Nice Belgian brew overall. Not my favorite style, but I appreciated this one.

Photo of Estarrio
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark, ruddy brown with garnet highlights and a full off-white head. The head quickly fades into subtle lacings, while a gentle swirl keeps it alive.

Sweet esters in the nose with lots of bubblegum, banana, plum, raisin and cherry. Subtle hints of malt, brown sugar and cinnamon offer a pleasing balance.

The taste is sublimely sweet. Any sweeter would be cloying. The doughy yeast and esters are as dominant as in the nose with banana, plum, cherry, golden raisins and a bit of kiwi. The complex esters are off the chart in this brew. There is a balancing malt body with caramel, toffee and brown sugar mid-sip followed by a warming, spicy, alcohol aftertaste.

This is a sipping brew to be sure, with a full body, subtle carbonation and viscous mouthfeel.

This is one of the finer versions of Gouden Carolous, and a pleasant after dinner treat. It drinks like a port wine. In fact, I've heard unsubstantiated reports that port is actually added to this brew.

Photo of jmalex
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split with a friend on a night of fantastic beer. This was a great find at Total Wine in Cherry Hill, NJ. 2006 Vintage.

APPEARANCE: A very dark brown that has bright ruby red highlights when held to the light. A thick head forms at first and develops into a rocky collar and foamy patches all across the glass.

SMELL: A bready and fruity aroma. Belgian yeast, cherry, raisin and other dark fruits. Vague hints of alcohol. Overall the aromas are not that strong.

TASTE: Taste is very strong on cherries with a sharp pungent breadiness and hints of alcohol. The finish comes quickly and is very clean but a belgian yeastiness lasts almost forever. The beer is not so much sour as it is a little musky. I'm much more appreciative of Belgian Strong Darks after this.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied and syrupy with a fine sharp carbonation. Nice.

DRINKABILITY: The 10% is hidden very well despite being able to detect some alcohol presence in this. The carbonation almost makes this a thirst-quencher. This is a very easy drinking beer.

A real eye-opener. I've had countless Belgian Strong Darks before, but this one really showed me what one can be, and how well this can represent the style. I'm very appreciative of what they've done with this and will seek it out again.

Photo of jim102864
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I just happened to read from a fellow BA about a package store in Manchester that was highly rated when I found this absolute gem of a Belgian. Somewhat suprising, given that overall beer selection was good but not as strong as my usual place. The appearance of this 2004 Belgian got me stoked up right off the bat. I'm a big strong brown fan, and this one did not disappoint. A beautiful molasses brown with a thick tan head as I poured it into my Duvel tulip glass. The lace graced the glass deep into the session. And the aroma ! Sweet, candied sugar with an alcohol accent. Dates, raisens and prunes rose from the glass and again presented themselves in the taste. The candied sugar was highly evident along with hints of cinnamon. Mind you, the aroma and flavor were balanced with sweet overtones, but the sweetness did not overwhelm either. A warm, alcohol presence with explosions of flavor with each sip. The mouthfeel was thick and chewy, precisely what makes for a wonderful strong brown belgian. This is a highly drinkable session brew that the Belgian fan will absoultely savor. It is also added to my personal favorites list.

Photo of jeffaz02t
1.7/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: Dark beer, allows just a little light to shine through. Decent head, went away fairly quickly.

S: Very malty with a lot of spice in the scent. There is also a scent that I have never smelled before. It almost smells like an off smell, but probably not.

T: It is interesting, but I am not sure this is for me. There is a spicy character, and a very malty taste, but there is a taste I have never experienced before that ruins this beer to me.

M: Average, carb. levels are good.

D: The strange taste makes this un-drinkable to me.

Maybe I got a bad bottle. I will get a new one and review again ASAP.


Photo of clabaugh
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Stately 75cl bottle from the 2006 batch. Pours a handsome garnet-brown color, with a wispy, almost ephemeral head. Retention is quite temporary, giving way to beige ring around the glass.

Smell: Big malty aromas suggesting butterscotch, sweet corn bread, and molasses. Also present are wiffs of musty yeast, and a faint, nectar-like hoppiness.

Taste: The rich, almost decadent, malty taste confirms what the nose suspected. Fabulously tasty, combining flavors of molasses, plum, dark and doughy bread, honey, and ginger. A sort of earthy nuttiness is also detectable, with a slight residual hoppiness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a delightful creaminess. Applies a tingle to the palate, and warming sensations of alcohol to the mouth and throat.

Drinkability: Tremendous flavor, with an alcohol presence that remains well hidden throughout. Superb beer.

Photo of kajerm
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

NOTE: This is the same as "Grand Cru of the Emperor"; labeling seems to vary at random between countries and years.

750mL, 2006 vintage. pours dark, darkass reddish-brown; slightly unfiltered but kinda clear. lacy tan carbonation that mostly disappears, leaving a thin rim at the top of the glass. Enough raisins, figs, and berries to rip a hole in your nose (and I mean that in a good way.) It tastes like it smells, fruit out the ass with a little kick of belgian yeast at the end.

the alcohol is not in evidence. you could get yourself in trouble here.

super-drinkable for ten points, but you're not gonna be playing edward fortyhands with these. the mouth feel is slick and heavy.

this is an exquisite beer.

Photo of sterstar1
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my new favorite beer. Picked up a dusty 2005 at a bottle shop in Littleton CO. I won't name the place because they were a-holes and I will never shop there again. Anyway, the beer - what a wonderful discovery. The color as it pours out into my Duvel glass glass is a lovely sight to behold, the smell is fantastic and really accounts for a good percentage of this beer's quality. The taste is truly amazing. Sweet, but not too sweet. Wonderfully balanced. Mind you, I am NOT a hop-head so anything too bitter will end up down the drain at my house. Anyway, this beer is SO good. If anyone knows where in Denver to find more, please let me know. Cheers!

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage

A: Mysterious brown sugary syrup color with an unfiltered appearance to it. Light sediment hangs out at the bottom of the glass disrupting the gentle streams of bubbles coming to the surface. Head is large in true Belgian style with the color of oatmeal.

S: Roasted dark fruits, rum raisin, toffee, brown sugar, banana and some soy.

T: Starts with majestic fig juice, prune preserve and raisin extract. The balance of sweet malts and dark sugars is stunning. One can find oily brown sugar, gentle molasses, blackberry jam and rum barrels mixed into the group. Complexity runs deep, multiple layers with flavors popping every sip along the way. Finishes almost mineralistic with limestone thoughts. A deep set dough accompanies the dark sugars all the way to fruition with some alcohol showing signs as it warms.

M: Full bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and smooth carbonation.

D: Delicious. Tremendous depth with awesome flavor. Could even use a few more years of aging to showcase the tastes. Really a proper example of a good dark Belgian ale

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2000 Vintage.

Served in a St.B chalice.
Pours a brown color with a rose tint to it. Slight off white head that quickly recedes to nothing.
Smell is belgian candy sugar with some fruits and a bit of underlying alcohol. This bottle has held up incredibly well for being 7 years old.
Taste is incredible! This is a very good beer. You get more of the fruits in the taste. Especially what seems to be plums, and rum soaked raisins.
The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. This beer goes down a little too easy. This is a very good candidate for cellaring. One of the best, highly recommended.

Photo of theWrkncacnter
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz corked bottle. 2006 vintage. Pours a deep mahogany brown that's very opaque. Moderate head with minimal lacing. The smell is somewhat strange. I want to say that it smells like turpentine, but in a good way, if that makes any sense. The alcohol is definitely there in the nose, but in a very nice way. It combines with citrus and other fruit scents to make a very interesting and very good nose. Taste is amazing. I loved this beer instantly. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, which makes it very easy to drink. Once the head is gone, it's very hard to tell this appart from a dessert wine. The taste is sweet with citrus and sugar and only a moderate alcohol taste. Do I taste a bit of chocolate on the aftertaste? Maybe I'm crazy but I think there's some there. Complex would be a great way to describe this beer. As the beer warms, the alcohol comes out more but only reinforces the dessert wine quality of this beer. Perhaps this is a bit too sweet, and that might push away some hop-heads like myself, but I think for this style it's not a problem.

Bottom line: this is a killer brew, pick some up now while you can; I'll definitely be picking up another bottle soon.

Photo of Franchise
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This offering has been aged since 2004, so it is about 3 years old. It pours a dark brown, with some light penatration. Leaving no head at all, the aroma is dark pitted fruit, plum, pears, raisins, dark syrup, wow so complex and sweet leaving a port like quality for all to admire. The taste starts cordial, moving to just a faint amount of hops but showcasing a malty, sweet, syrupy delight. The taste mirrors the nose dark fruit, raisins, plums, prunes, and finishes syrupy in the back of the palate. This is one fanastic aged brew and I'm glad I got a full growler of this one.

Photo of Andbrew
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorites as of late.

Poured from a Bomber to a tulip glass a deep rich brown that was light and gave a good, yet quickly receding head. Lots of big bubbles in the light brown head.

Smell is very rich and plum filled another one where its almost a slight brandy feel.

Taste is thick without being heavy and gives a nice finish with nearly no aftertaste. Earthy hints of raisin, fig with almost a cherry to it.

Strong yet not even close to overpowering, very easily drinkable and only a slight bitter .

Photo of KyleVick4
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Decent lacing with a clear clarity, good head.

S: Smells extremly sweet. Liquorice and molasses etc. A bit of alcohol present.

T: Very sweet as expected, with hints of bananna and fruit. Raisin and maybe fig. Not bad but not great.

M: Lots of carbonation which is ok for this style, yet still pretty chewy which is what I personally like.

D: Im a fan of it, nothing special nothing uperb but a good overall beer which I may buy again.

Photo of peabody
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a really dark reddish black that you can see light through with one finger of off-white suds. Nice lacing.
Smell is raisin and grape and bubblegum with mabey a vanilla coffee aroma. Wonderful yeast and a slight alcohol smell.
Taste is raisin and plum fruityness with a coffee and cherry aftertaste. The alcohol burn only occurs after the drink is in the gut. Almost a cotton candy type of feel with a bourbon kick.
Mouthfeel is complicated. You first feel like your mouth is full of cotton then your tounge experiences the oily feel then the coffee bitterness comes into play.
This is an exceptional beer here. It has it all.

Photo of atsprings
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2006. Served a deep ruby amber with a decent frothy head. The aroma was charged with spice followed by a very complex malt profile, burnt caramel and molasses. The first sip absolutely knocked my socks off, it was likely the best sip of beer I've ever had. After that, for some reason, it wasn't quite as good, albeit still very enjoyable. The taste was almost like a blend of grape juice and caramel malts. There was a sweet gelatin character in the mouthfeel. The alcohol was present, but not overpowering. This one is a very enjoyable sipper.

Photo of JustinOSU99
3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark Amber, short head that quickly dissolves.
S: Strong caramel smell with hints of toffee, malts and smoke.
T: Very strong maple syrup taste that isn't something I particularly enjoy. Can definitely taste the high alcohol content.
M: A little too carbonated and thick for my liking.
D: Would only have one of these.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gouden Carolus “Grand Cru of the Emperor”

Poured this caged & corked 750ml bottle to twin Chimay goblets. Labeled with “Jaargang 2006” on the bottle neck. Enjoyed on 02/25/07, one day after the birthday of Belgium’s former Emperor Charles V, for whom this drink honors.

A: Deep, deep maroon brown. Capped with ½ finger of creamy ivory head. Little streams of carbonation rise and gorgeous clinging lace clings to the sides of the glass.

S: Mmm…sugary sweet caramel. Spiced fruit, rich malts and yeast. A little bit of apple cider and barnyard aroma, a little tingly in the nose.

T: Complex flavors evolve in the mouth. Rum-soaked raisins, vanilla, caramel, sugary candy, light sourness. Finishing with ripe cherries and a pleasing dryness. Whew – really good!

M: Thick and creamy, almost a syrup. A gently carbonation tingle and some alcohol warming filling the cheeks and grabbing onto the tongue. Mouthfeel is full and feels at times like velvety butter.

D: A fine ale, perfect for sipping on a special occasion (Happy Birthday!) and for pairing with foods. In our case it was a terrific medley of cheeses and meats on our weekend excursion to the rainy and cold Oregon coast. Not every cheese or meat was perfectly matched, but throughout it all, this fine beer was a nice compliment, spicy, warm and rich. Highly recommended.

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,577 ratings.